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By Francis Morris, Alan Fletcher

ISBN-10: 1405170638

ISBN-13: 9781405170635

A realistic consultant to the analysis and remedy of acute indicators and prerequisites, the ABC of Emergency Differential analysis presents a step by step consultant to emergency differential analysis for non-specialists in a health center or basic care setting.
This new identify within the ABC sequence covers the evaluation, analysis, remedy, and administration of the most typical indicators with 'walk through' prognosis, transparent studying results, and simple to discover remedy options.

Using the usual problem-based educating procedure for swift assimilation of knowledge, case reviews in every one bankruptcy let the reader to be certain that they have got synthesised the knowledge given and will use it on medical circumstances.

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Indd 26 5/13/2009 10:10:44 AM Abdominal Pain – Epigastric 27 Perforated peptic ulcer disease Untreated, a peptic ulcer may progress to perforation resulting in initially localised peritonitis, subsequently becoming generalised if the condition is not treated. Typically a patient has symptoms associated with gastritis (see above) but subsequent perforation results in a sudden increase in upper abdominal pain that may radiate through to the back. Nausea is fairly common as are findings of tachycardia, dehydration and low grade pyrexia.

Indd 21 21 Patients should be immediately evaluated for haemodynamic stability, and fluid resuscitation initiated if required. Oxytocin may be required if bleeding is severe. In a rhesus-negative patient who is pregnant and bleeding per vaginum, rhesus (D) immune globulin should be administered if the pregnancy is 12 weeks or more, to prevent haemolytic disease of the newborn in future pregnancies. Investigation of bleeding in early pregnancy is usually through an EPAU. Patients are seen by specialist nursing staff in an outpatient setting where ultrasound scans and blood investigations can be performed as necessary.

3 Risk factors for stroke. 8% at 90 days Outcome This lady had an ABCD2 score of 5. Full blood count, biochemical profile and random lipid profile were all normal. A CT scan of the brain was normal. She was reviewed by the acute stroke team who arranged for carotid Doppler ultrasound to be performed in 2 days time as an outpatient. She was given a 300 mg stat dose of aspirin and discharged on 75 mg aspirin daily pending review in the TIA clinic in 5 days time. She was advised to stop smoking and to return to the hospital immediately in the event of any further symptoms.

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